The Cummer Museum is a place of beauty, a place that restores the soul. The Cummer was established in 1961 when art collector and garden enthusiast Ninah Cummer donated her riverfront home and art collection to the city of Jacksonville to be used as a museum. Since that time, the Cummer has expanded its original collection of 60 pieces to almost 5,000 works of art.
There are many ways to experience the Museum and Gardens. Take a docent led tour, hear music in the historic gardens, attend a lecture, or take an art class. Strolling through the various rooms, you will find world class art spanning from 2100 B.C. through the 21st century.
One popular event is the annual Garden Month, coming in March and offering outdoor concerts and community events. Also popular is the classical concert series held in the intimate Cummer Auditorium. Spaces fill quickly for these, so make your reservations early.
Information about the Museum as well as a calendar of events may be found at the Cummer website. See you at the Cummer!
Did you know that the Friday Musicale is the oldest musical organization in the state of Florida? And 2nd oldest musical organization in the country?
Founded in 1890, the Friday Musicale presents concerts free of charge to the Jacksonville community, provides educational outreach to local students, and awards college scholarships to music students. The Gala Opening Concert for the 2012-2013 season is this Friday, October 12th, at 7;30 p.m. with the Lynne Arriale Trio.
Most concerts are held at the Friday Musicale Auditorium at 645 Oak Street; many are offered both at 11:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Admission is FREE, but a $75 membership includes afternoon post concert receptions, admission to member events, and other benefits. More information is available at FridayMusicale.com.
Fall is in the air, and with the change in season, there is much to do in Jacksonville, Florida. Many newcomers are surprised to learn that we don’t spend all our time at the beach in the Sunshine State, and that we have many varied cultural events in our vibrant city.
Today, I would like to focus on two of my favorite chamber music/recital series: the Riverside Fine Arts Series and the Beaches Fine Arts Series.
The Riverside Fine Arts Series opens its Concert Series Friday, October 12th, at 8:00 with Julian Lage, guitarist. November events include the Bohemian Quartet, November 16th, and the Empire Brass, November 29th. Enjoy world-class music in an intimate atmosphere at the Church of the Good Shepherd in historic Riverside. Tickets are $25 with season discounts available.
The Riverside Fine Arts Organ Series opens this Thursday, October 11th, at 7:30 p.m. with Felix Hell performing with the Jacksonville Symphony in Jacoby Hall.
In 1972, the Beaches Fine Arts Series began offering world class music and dance in a series of 8 free programs annually. Most concerts are held at the stunning St. Paul’s-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Jacksonville Beach, FL. Upcoming performances include the American Boy Choir, Sunday November 21st at 4:30 and the American Brass Quintet, Friday November 9th at 7:30 p.m.
There’s even a reception after each of the Riverside Fine Arts Series and the Beaches Fine Arts Series performances, where you can meet and greet the performers, enjoy visual art work from regional artists, and perhaps pick up an autographed CD!
The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, recognized as one of the nation’s premier classical music events, is running from May 13 – June 8 this year. Christopher Rex, principal cellist with the Atlanta Symphony, is Artistic and General Director. A galaxy of international stars and outstanding emerging talent perform in a variety of intimate venues in and around Amelia Island. Guest artists this season included cellist Lynn Harrell, violinist Pinchas Zukerman, the Four Nations Ensemble, the Linden String Quartet, and on the lighter side, fiddler and composer April Verch in an old-fashioned hoedown.
There’s one last chance to hear a concert this season, Friday June 8th. The program, titled From Our Family to Yours, promises to be outstanding! And the drive up A1A from Jacksonville to Fernandina is beautiful.
Tickets and information are available on the website at aicmf.com .
A standing ovation after a performance June 3rd